Girvan man heads for Ironman Wales

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A Girvan man is taking part in the Ironman Wales competition this year to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Stewart McKinnon In an attempt to successfully complete the Ironman competition Stewart McKinnon has scheduled 265 hours of training from now until September, equating to 48 hours swimming, 118 hours on the bike and 78 hours running.

Stewart said: “I was in a unique situation several (17) years ago to organise and compete in several charity events with a driven, selfless and highly motivated team. My emotions were reignited when I had the pleasure of working, as Massage Therapist, with an equally inspirational group of friends cycling Lands End to John O’ Groats who were raising awareness and funds for Brain Tumour Research.

“In particular Iain Meek who was fighting the disease and pivotal in conception and organisation of the event. Unfortunately he was unable to start the challenge and lost his battle during the event after an emotional visit from the team. There are many worthy charities who deserve our hard earned cash but when statistics tells us that Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and only 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease, There is a realisation that something has to be done. The efforts of training and competing in the challenge is dwarfed into insignificance by the brave patients and families who are fighting the disease.”

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